Redbud Trees

Beaver Tree Damage

Zone NC | joe88 added on September 22, 2011 | Answered

I have a beaver that has chewed one redbud tree down and is now working on another. I put chicken wire on this tree after the first incident. The enterprising beaver starting chewing above the wire and cut about halfway through it. I have wire now higher. Is there something I can repair this tree with to save its life?

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Answered on September 26, 2011

If the beaver did not girdle the tree (remove the bark all the way around) the tree can recover. Unfortunately, there is no product that can be used to fill the damaged area that would not expose the tree to other issues. It is actually best to leave the area open so that it can heal. You can treat the area every few weeks with a fungicide to help keep rot from setting in while it heals.

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